Youth Sunday School
Lessons for October 2022

Feasting On The Word

Feasting on the Word provides  opportunities for youth to explore
their personal and communal identity in Jesus Christ.  Students will learn to approach God’s word in each lesson using the following:

      • What is Important to know?
      • Where is God in these words?
      • So what does this mean in our lives?
      • Now what is God’s word leading us to do?

Biblical stories will come alive in new and creative ways. In response to God’s amazing, unconditional love, youth will be challenged to put their faith into action as they grow to understand themselves as Christ’s disciples. Each session includes a media connection section that ties the week’s Scripture passage to a film, song, or Web site.

Youth Sunday School
Lessons for October 2

Timothy and Paul

God’s Story

To better understand today’s Scripture Watch the Video

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Timothy loved learning from Paul who was older and could share a lot of knowledge about God and how we should spread the word to others about him!!

 

Think of some People in our Church, in your Family, some of your Older Friends that you like learning from because of their Faithfulness to God.

Name one or two and explain why you like learning from them?

 Today’s Scripture passage gives advice on learning how to live for God from older people in the church and honoring the traditions that they hand on to the younger members.

PRAY
God, speak to us today through the voices of one another and the words of Scripture so that we can claim a faith that reveals itself through our whole lives. Amen.

READ
1 Timothy 1:1-2
New International Version
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

2 To Timothy my true son in the faith:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

What Do You think?

What can we learn about the relationship between Paul and Timothy from these verses? 

What is “the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus” (v. 1)? 

 Why is it important for Paul to remind Timothy about the promise? 

How hard is it to trust promises that have yet to be fulfilled?

1 Timothy 1:3-7

New International Version

Timothy Charged to Oppose False Teachers

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

Think about It

What is Paul challenging Timothy to do?

Why might Timothy’s faith need reviving?

1 Timothy 1:8-14

New International Version

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

The Lord’s Grace to Paul

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

THINKING……?

What would the church be like if everyone followed Paul’s advice?  

In what ways does YOUR faith need reviving?

What spiritual gift (such as Patience, Hope, Trust, Guidance, Open Heart or Mind) do you want to develop that would be helpful as you fulfill your Commitment to speak your faith in God??

REMEMBER THIS

PRAY

God, as we continue to grow in faithful living, we know we don’t strive alone. You are always working with us, helping us in so many ways.

We ask now for your Guidance to develop us to speak our Faithfulness to YOU… and trust in your grace to lead us always.  Amen.

Youth Sunday School October 16, 2022

Persistence in Prayer

Youth will Explore God’s call to pray and will respond with hopeful persistence in the face of the world’s injustice

Prayer leads to hope

God, make me an instrument of your hope and peace, a channel of your love to these young people. Amen.

Persistence means never giving up

(Introduction as participants first gather)

Here are some examples of quotes from popular children’s books that you may remember that illustrate PERSISTENCE

The Little Engine that Could
“I-think-I-Can”
“I-know-I-Can”
OR

Green Eggs and Ham

“I do not like them, Sam-I-Am. I do not like green eggs and ham”

reflect: Where have you shown persistence or seen persistence in your daily life?

Are there times or situations in your life where persistence would be difficult to maintain?

Discuss times and situations that would make it easy to give up on expecting fairness or justice.

PRAYER

Lord, here we are . . . (Name each person in the room) . . . We are here
to learn what you want to teach us. Help us to understand and act upon your words to us. Amen.

Jesus often told stories called parables and in today’s Scripture, Jesus

tells a story, a parable about persistence

EXPLORE
What is a parable?

 

The Greek-based prefix (para) means alongside, as in parallel (“beside each other”)
A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual truth or
message, as told by Jesus in the Gospels. In parables,
something familiar is placed alongside something unfamiliar
or strange to help disciples see God in a new way.

 

It challenges people on how God wanted them to live.

LUKE 18: 1 – 8
(From the New international version)

Read out loud

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they
should always pray and not give up.  2  He said: “In a certain town
there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people
thought.  3  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to
him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4  “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even
though I don’t fear God or care what people think,  5  yet because
this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so

that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6  And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  7  And
will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry
out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  8  I tell
you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when
the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Note: Widows in the ancient world were vulnerable and it was felt that they deserved special protection. The widow here demanded the justice the Jewish law promised her.

  • Identify the words in the Scripture that indicate persistence.
  •  Why do you think Jesus said that this story is about praying, when nobody in the story prays?
  •  What do you learn about praying from this story?

Let’s perform a SKIT

“STOP BUGGING ME”

What do you learn about fighting injustice from this story?

INJUSTICES

Are there injustices in the world?

What injustices can you identify in the world?

Is there a way that you can suggest that we should be persistent to respond to these injustices OR to bring justice to the situations that have been identified?

REMEMBER: God calls on us to persist in our prayers for the underserved in order to induce change.

CLOSING PRAYER

Thank you, God, for always hearing our prayers and for calling us to work for justice. Amen.

ENHANCEMENT ACTIVITY

Ghandi and his persistence to end injustices Gandhi’s philosophy was one of nonviolent protest. He spent his life in South Africa and India working to fight discrimination. He created the concept of “satyagraha”, a nonviolent way of
protesting injustices. We learned from Ghandi that persistence breaks resistance. Watch the video below to learn more 

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